Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

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Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba


Thursday Mar 22 01:00 PM
Thursday Mar 22 07:30 PM
Friday Mar 23 01:00 PM
Friday Mar 23 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Mika Kaurismäki. Germany, South Africa, Finland. 2011. 92 min.

Miriam Makeba was Africa’s first international music star. Her work influenced artists across the globe and remained anchored in her traditional South African roots, conveying strong messages against racism and poverty. Directed by Mika Kaurismäki (brother of Aki Kaurismäki), Mama Africa traces her life and music through more than 50 years of performing. Using rare archive footage of performances, interviews and intimate scenes, this powerful documentary expertly exposes the biography of a a one-of-a-kind woman who sang for John F. Kennedy and Marlon Brando, performed with Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie; and was married to Hugh Masekela and Black Panther Stokely Carmichael.

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